The Best Audition Songs for Chaplin – by Vocal Type

Do you have an upcoming audition for Chaplin? Well unless you have specifically been asked to sing a song from the show that you’re auditioning for, it’s generally best not to. That said, you should still show off similar vocals and personality. So here’s our list of audition songs for Chaplin, broken down by character.

Since Chaplin is an early contemporary musical, the following songs are from contemporary/pre-contemporary shows as well. In addition many of the songs below are from musicals set between the 1900s – 1960s in order to match the style of the show.


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Step 1: Read your audition details

Please read your audition details carefully, as they sometimes specify the type of song they’d like to hear (a ballad, something uptempo, etc.). Make sure to select a song that’s appropriate for your specific casting call. Also, as you’re picking out a song, these links may be helpful:

Backing Tracks for the Songs Below

The “Chaplin Audition Songs” Spotify Playlist


Step 2: Get to know the show

In casting calls, they often ask for you to be “familiar with the show”. And even if it’s not requested, it’s generally assumed. One way to do this is to read through the synopsis while listening to the Chaplin cast album➝.


Step 3: Pick an audition song

Next, based on your personality and vocal type, decide whether you’d like to audition for the ensemble or a specific character. Just keep in mind that if you audition for a specific character, you still might not be chosen for that particular role.

There’s usually a spot on the audition form asking if you are open to being in the ensemble or accepting a different role. I would suggest ticking that box and taking whatever you are offered. Every role is important, and you will earn valuable experience in a show.

And on that same note, even if you audition for the ensemble (and not a specific character), there’s always a chance you might get chosen for a leading/supporting role!

To summarize, keep an open mind and try not to take the process too seriously. And when you’re ready, choose the song that you feel most comfortable with from the list below.


Charlie Chaplin

A Place to Come Back to” – The Wind in the Willows

Foolish to Think” – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

How I Am” – Little Women

Never the Luck” – The Mystery of Edwin Drood


Hannah Chaplin

Another Winter in a Summer Town” – Grey Gardens

Anytime I Am There” – Elegies: A Song Cycle

Being Mrs. Banks” – Mary Poppins

Sylvia’s Lullaby” – Finding Neverland


Hedda Hopper

An Old-Fashioned Love Story” – The Wild Party

Jazz Time” – Marguerite

Only in New York” – Thoroughly Modern Millie

The Life of the Party” – The Wild Party


Mack Sennett

Buddy’s Blues” – Follies

Museum Song” – Barnum

There is a Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute” – Barnum

Together Again” – Young Frankenstein


Oona O’Neill

Already Home” – The Wizard of Oz  (ALW)

I Still Believe” – Amazing Grace

Love Never Dies” – Love Never Dies

No One Cared Like You” – Nunsense II


Young Charlie

Almost Nearly Perfect” – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Picture Show” – Bonnie & Clyde  [Young Clyde’s part]

Think Positive” – Willy Wonka

When I Get My Name in Lights” – The Boy from Oz


Ensemble (Altos)

I Don’t Need a Roof” – Big Fish

My House” – Matilda

The Place Where Lost Things Go” – Mary Poppins Returns  [film]


Ensemble (Baritones)

I Am My Own Invention” – Wonderland

I Cannot Hear the City” – Sweet Smell of Success

Trip a Little Light Fantastic” – Mary Poppins Returns  [film/non theatre]


Ensemble (Basses)

Coffee Shop Nights” – Curtains

Love Who You Love” – A Man of No Importance

Welcome to the World” – A Man of No Importance


Ensemble (Contras)

Every Tear a Mother Cries” – Honk!

Just Beyond the Stars” – Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure

My Body Wasn’t Why” – The Glorious Ones


Ensemble (Mezzos/Sopranos)

Finding Wonderland” – Wonderland

I Have Found” – The Royal Family of Broadway

This Little Girl” – Matilda


Ensemble (Tenors)

I Miss the Music” – Curtains

Larger Than Life” – My Favorite Year

Right Before My Eyes” – Ever After


Psst… Here’s where you can find out your vocal type!


Step 4: Select a monologue

If requested, here are a few audition monologues for Chaplin:

• “Actor!” in Audition Monologues for Young Men➝

• “I Don’t Want to Be an Actress➝” from Snakebit  (Jenifer)

• “Rooms” in Fantasy Monologues for Young Actors➝

• “Where Is He?➝” from The Father Clock➝  (Flub)

• “You’ve Got to Come Back a Star➝” from 42nd Street  (Julian)


Final Step: Prepare for your audition

After collecting your materials and getting familiar with the show, it’s time to move forward with the actual preparation. If you’re in need of some guidance on this step, you can always go through this FREE audition prep checklist!


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Chaplin Song List

Here’s a list of the musical numbers in Chaplin, along with which characters sing in each of them. Unless you have been asked to, do not choose from the below songs for your audition! The following is more intended to be used for character research purposes.

* That said, if you’ve specifically been asked to sing a song from the show, you can find the sheet music for the best possible audition songs below.


Act 1:

Look At All the People” – Hannah Chaplin

What’cha Gonna Do?” – Hannah, Young Charlie, Ensemble

If I Left London” – Charlie Chaplin

Sennett Song” – Mack Sennett

“Look At All the People (Reprise)” – Hannah, Charlie

“Tramp Shuffle – Part 1” – Sennett, Charlie, Usher

“Tramp Shuffle – Part 2” – Sennett, Charlie, Usher, Ensemble

“Life Can Be Like the Movies” – Charlie, Sydney, Mildred, Ensemble

“The Look-a-Like Contest” – Ensemble


Act 2:

“Just Another Day in Hollywood” – Charlie, Hedda Hopper, Ensemble

The Life That You Wished For” – Charlie

All Falls Down” – Hedda

“Man of All Countries” – Charlie, Hedda, McGranery

What Only Love Can See” – Oona O’Neill

“The Exile” – Hedda, Ensemble

Where Are All the People?” – Charlie

“What Only Love Can See (Reprise)” – Charlie, Oona

“This Man” – Oona, Sydney, Hannah, Mildred, Alf, Ensemble

“Finale / Tramp Reprise” – Company


Which of these audition songs for Chaplin did you choose?

And what role are you auditioning for? We would love to hear all about it in the comments! And in the meantime, you can check out our database of best audition songs for other musicals.


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Stacy Karyn, author of Audition Songs for Chaplin.
Author: Stacy Karyn

Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She has a TESOL drama certificate, a BA in theatre, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.


 

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